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Libya disbands 10 militias

2012-09-28 10:53

New York - Libya's leader says his government has disbanded about 10 militia groups and will continue to take action against Muslim extremists.

President Mohammed el-Megarif said on Thursday that the attack on the US Consulate earlier this month that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was a final straw. He did not say when the militias were disbanded, or how many remain.

Speaking on Thursday in New York, el-Megarif echoed the remarks of his neighbour, Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki, who announced a crackdown on extremists after they attacked the US Embassy in Tunisia.

Both countries face emboldened extremists trying to impose their own, harsh version of Islamic law.

The problem is worse in Libya because many are armed with weapons they used to bring down former ruler Muammar Gaddafi last year.